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March 3rd, 2010Dr. Thomas takes pride in providing quality excellent results for both adults and children. The case below demonstrates narrow arch forms, severe crowding, and protrusion of the upper teeth out in front of the lower. Orthodontic treatment included passive self ligation Damon Braces combined with a bite fixing device called a herbst appliance. Correction of upper dental protrusion is achieved with many different types of methods – most commonly with Headgear. Dr. Thomas’ first 10 years practicing as an Orthodontist were spent encouraging patients to wear a Headgear. What he found was that few children were able to wear their Headgear enough to correct bite problems. This lead to a search for an appliance both comfortable and able to be worn 24 hours a day – providing the maximum correction possible. The herbst appliance has published evidence demonstrating its effectiveness. In 1996 Dr. Peter Ngan and Dr. Terry Dischinger published information in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and also presented this same information to the American Association of Orthodontists annual meeting. Exciting recent improvements to the Herbst appliance now provide the ultimate in bite correction with incredible comfort. AdvanSync makes it possible to combine two separate treatment phases into a single phase. It eliminates patient compliance, has a fantastic range of opening and side to side movement, and allows the simultaneous treatment of the bite as the same time jaw discrepancies are also corrected. Take the time to watch the video about AdvanSync (http://www.ormco.com/index/ormco-products-advansync) Why would one ever want their child to have to wear Headgear?
December 3rd, 2009
Our office uses the Herbst appliance to correct difficult bite problems. The newest version of this appliance is so small that all of our patients say its really comfortable, easy to eat with, and is not visible when talking. Correction of dental protrusion, upper front teeth sticking out, is often difficult requiring patients to wear headgear. Headgear has been used by Orthodontists for decades and works well. Problem is, children for the most part, find it very difficult to wear, uncomfortable, and ultimately do not wear it enough to achieve full correction of the bite problem. Orthodontists then must resort to rubber band wear to achieve a reasonable result. Again, this requires a tremendous amount of patient cooperation and diligence. An additional benefit to the new smaller herbst appliance is a reduction of treatment time. We are finding correction of these difficult bites can be achieved in 18-20 months instead of the typical 24-30 months with headgear. This alone is remarkable. A final benefit to the new smaller herbst appliance is we can reduce the number of appointments lessening the intrusion into your busy life. During bite correction with the new herbst appliance, appointments are typically scheduled every 3 months apart. Since this bite corrector is cemented and works full time every day, the movement and correction is far faster than with headgear. And absolutely no help is required by the patient in having to wear anything – especially a headgear. This is the best of all worlds!